In the foot­steps of the Ro­mans in Tu­nisia

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This month is the 54th edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Festival of Carthage, the long­est-run­ning arts festival in Africa ( fes­ti­valde­carthage.tn). Mean­while, hol­i­day­mak­ers are cel­e­brat­ing the news that Tu­nisia’s post­card-per­fect slice of coast­line and Sa­ha­ran dunes have been de­clared safe for travel once more – post­ing self­ies from Sousse is about to get hot­ter than harissa sauce. Now’s the time to go and ex­plore, while its An­cient Ro­man am­phithe­atres still seem to echo with the bat­tle cries of glad­i­a­tors in­stead of the shouts of touts sell­ing sou­venirs. Carthage, on the eastern edge of Tu­nis, is the most fa­mous an­cient site in the coun­try, but two hours’ drive in­land is Dougga, a World Her­itage Site that is con­sid­ered the best-pre­served Ro­man town in North Africa (even the grooves of char­iot wheels are still vis­i­ble in the stone streets). Dougga’s the­atre, built around 169 AD, seats 3 500 peo­ple and is still used for per­for­mances – in­clud­ing dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Festival of Dougga (also in Au­gust), which has been run­ning for 42 years. dis­cover­tunisia.com

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